Updated: Sep 5, 2019
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) Value Add Agribusiness Investment Attraction Fund, supported by State Government investment through the Royalties for Regions program, is designed to support investment in new projects or expansion opportunities by value adding agribusinesses.
The Value Add Agribusiness Investment Attraction Fund (VAAIAF) aims to create jobs and drive productivity and capability of this growing industry sector.
There are two grant streams as part of the fund:
Program 1 - Capital expenditure
Sixteen grants totalling $2.68 million has been awarded to businesses towards capital expenditure to invest in expansion, relocation or new value adding processing and production facilities (grants up to 50% of the value of the total investment).
Program 2 - De-risking investment
Seven grants totalling $486 000 has been awarded to businesses to undertake pre-investment activities to support decision to expand, relocate or establish processing and production facilities in WA.
Congratulations to the below list of recipients.
Note. Grants are provisional and subject to a funding agreement between DPIRD and grant recipients.
Table 1. Grants for Capital Expenditure - successful recipients
Brief project description
Ocean Grown Abalone
Expansion of abalone processing facility in Augusta, including increased capabilities for value adding and live exports, focused primarily on abalone with ability to handle other seafood.
Expansion of Davenport facility to Tier One Export accreditation, and expansion of value added food service product.
Margaret River Eggs
Processing of older laying hens for premium whole meat poultry products.
West Australian Octopus
Refurbishment of Geraldton octopus processing and freezing facility.
Margaret River Kombucha Company
Purchase and commissioning of a bottling line and associated production equipment for scaled growth of rok Kombucha's premium and organic beverages.
Lucky Bay Brewery
Relocation and expansion of Esperance brewery, utilising local barley product, with increased cellar door and product development capacity.
The Lake House Denmark
Development of Vinofood. New food production and warehousing facility for premium value add wine-complimentary specialty condiments.
Ord River District Cooperative
Optical sorting technology to improve quality of high-value grains (chickpeas, culinary beans) and allow for value-added market expansion opportunities.
Value added processing of sardines through automatic filleting machine, breading machine and vacuum packer for the wholesale, retail and food service sectors.
Red Range Stock Supplements
Stock supplement plant automation and expansion.
Linley Valley Pork
Equipment for new lines of portion controlled meat products and tray sealing equipment.
New processing and retail facility for increased production of preserves, ice-cream, dried fruit and gourmet products including freezer room, coolroom, commercial kitchen and retail.
Simmos Ice Creamery
Expansion of ice-cream factory for increased production and new product lines.
Handasyde Strawberries Albany
Diversification of strawberry production including freeze drying and enhanced packaging of fruit products.
Manjimup Cider Company
Alternative option for Newton Orchards apples for premium juice and cider.
Grain malting plant and distillery expansion in Porongorup and Albany including local product sourcing and craft malting capacity.